Obituaries

Allan Rosenfield

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b106 (Published 14 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b106
  1. Ned Stafford

    A global advocate for women’s health and human rights

    Allan Rosenfield devoted his life to improving public health care for women around the world. In simple terms, he thought that pregnant women and mothers in the poorest nations of the world deserved the same focus from public health care as their children. And he believed that women should be treated as equals to men.

    “More than almost anyone I have ever known, Allan had a burning sense of mission,” said Deborah Maine, an editorial assistant to Rosenfield in the late 1970s at Columbia University in New York and later a colleague.

    That sense of mission, as an advocate for women, meant involvement in many public health organisations, directing various programmes as dean of Columbia’s Mailman school of public health, and “travelling like crazy” around the world, said Dr Maine, now a professor of international health at Boston University’s school of public health.

    “He would fly to Thailand for a half day meeting and fly back home,” she says. “He was involved in hundreds of things, and …

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